Today the gavel went down in City Council marking the approval of Portland’s Education Urban Renewal Area (URA), a project two years in the making. As Mayor Sam Adams said, “This is an important day not just for Portland State University, but for the health of the city.”

The URA is just one step in a city-wide approach to increasing educational opportunities in Portland in order to make this city more prosperous, connected and healthy. The Education URA will help Portland State University increase its position as a major research university and help the city continue to accelerate the region’s growth and instructional excellence. As Commissioner Nick Fish said before he voted: “The ultimate question is: are we prepared to make some targeted investments in our community to grow family wage jobs, to create prosperity so that down the road the pie is bigger for everybody? Are we willing to make tough decisions today for a better tomorrow? I have concluded on balance that the formation of this district is in the best interest of the city as a whole and so today I proudly cast my vote: aye.” CONTINUED HERE: http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=49520&a=397762

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